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DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
Cathy J. Vavosa
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YOU CAN MISS 10 3 3 3 3 3 4 General Knowledge Air Brakes Combination A Class C Doubles & Triples Tankers Hazardous Materials
1. When a coolant container is part of a pressurized system, which of these is true? A. The radiator cap can be safely removed and coolant added while the engine is hot. B. You never need to check the anti-freeze level of a hot engine. C. You can check the coolant level of a hot engine. 2. Which of these is a good thing to do when driving at night? A. Keep you speed slow enough that you can stop within the range of your headlights. B. Look directly at oncoming headlights only briefly. C. Keep your instrument lights bright. 3. Which of these statements about double-clutching and shifting is true? A. Double-clutching should not be used when the road is slippery. B. Double-clutching should only be used with a heavy load. C. You can use the tachometer to tell you when to shift. 4. You should avoid driving through deep puddles or flowing water. But if you must, which of these steps can help keep your brakes working? A. Applying hard pressure on both the brake pedal and accelerator after coming out of the water. B. Gently putting on the brakes while driving through the water. C. Turning on the brakes heaters. 5. Stab braking: A. involves applying brakes and releasing them after the wheels lock up. B. should be used on vehicles without antilock brake systems. C. should only be used with hydraulic brakes 6. “Implied consent” means: A. It is understood that you may drink alcohol now and then. B. You have given your consent to be tested for alcohol in your blood. C. You have given you consent to inspection of your vehicle for alcohol. 7. Which of these should be tested while the vehicle is stopped? A. Service brake. B. Parking brake. C. Hydraulic brake. 8. You wish to turn right from one two-lane, two-way street to another. You vehicle is so long that you must swing wide to make the turn. Which of these figures shows how the turn should be made?
9. You must complete a written vehicle inspection report each day and you must sign: A. The previous drivers report when any defects are noted. B. Only when defects are noted that are certified to be repaired. C. Only when defects are noted that are certified to not need repair. 10. Which of the below is NOT a characteristic of a front tire failure? A. Steering wheel twisting. B. Vehicle fishtail C. Difficult steering
11. What is the proper way to hold a steering wheel? A. With both hands close together, near the top of the wheel. B. With both hands close together, near the bottom of the wheel. C. With both hands, on opposite sides of the wheel. 12. Which of these is true about mirror adjustment? A. You should adjust your mirrors prior to starting a trip. B. The mirrors can be adjusted correctly even if the trailer is not straight. C. You can adjust the mirrors while you are driving. 13. What is counter-steering? A. Turning the steering wheel counterclockwise. B. Using the steering axle brakes to prevent over-steering. C. Turning the wheel back in the other direction after steering to avoid a traffic emergency. 14. The distance that you should look ahead of you vehicle while driving amounts to about ____ mile at highway speed. A. 1/8 B. 1/4 C. 1/2 15. Why will you vehicle’s speed naturally increase on downgrades? A. The engine runs smother. B. Gravity. C. Lack of traction. 16. Which of these pieces of emergency equipment should be carried in your vehicle? A. Circuit breakers. B. First aid kit. C. Warning devices for parked vehicles. 17. During a vehicle inspection, checking the ______ will NOT help prevent a fire. A. cargo ventilation B. electrical system insulation C. batter fluid level 18. You should signal continuously while turning because: A. You need both hands on the wheel to turn safely. B. It is illegal to turn off you signal before completing a turn. C. Most vehicles have self-canceling signals. 19. Why is a broken exhaust system dangerous? A. Poison fumes could enter the cap or sleeper berth. B. You could pollute the air with exhaust smoke. C. Loud noise could damage the driver’s ears. 20. You can see a marking on a vehicle ahead of you. The marking is a red triangle with an orange center. What does the marking mean? A. It may be a slow moving vehicle. B. The vehicle is hauling hazardous materials. C. It is being driven by a student.
21. The purpose of retarders is to: A. apply extra braking power to the non-drive axels. B. help prevent skids. C. help slow the vehicle while driving and reduce brake wear. 22. Most serious skids result from: A. turning sharply. B. decelerating too fast. C. driving too fast for conditions. 23. When you are parked at the side of the road at night, you: A. put out your emergency warning devices within 30 minutes. B. use your taillights to give warning to other drivers. C. turn on your 4-way emergency flashers to warn others. 24. You are checking your steering and exhaust systems in a pre-trip inspection. Which of these problems, if found, should be fixed before the vehicle is driven? A. Oil on the tie rod. B. Gray smoke from the exhaust pipe. C. Steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees (2 inches on a 20-inch steering wheel) 25. CDL medical certificates must be renewed every: A. year. B. two years. C. four years. 26. You do NOT have a HAZMAT endorsement on your commercial driver license. You can drive a vehicle hauling hazardous materials when: A. the GVWR is 26,001 pounds or less. B. the vehicle does not require placards. C. a person who has the HAZMAT endorsement rides with you. 27. To avoid a crash, you had to drive onto the right shoulder. You are now driving at 40 mph on the shoulder. How should you move back onto the pavement? A. If the shoulder is clear, stay on it until your vehicle has come to a stop. Then move back onto the pavement when it is safe. B. Brake hard to slow the vehicle, then steer sharply onto the pavement. C. Keep moving at the present speed and steer very gently back onto the pavement. 28. Containerized loads: A. should come with their own tiedown devices or locks. B. do not require inspection or securing by the driver. C. are generally used when freight is carried part way by rail or ship. 29. In your mirror, you see a car approaching from the rear. The next time you check your mirror, you do not see the car. You wish to change lanes. You should: A. wait to change lanes until you are sure the car isn’t in your blind spot. B. ease into the other lane very slowly so the car can get out of the way if it is beside you. C. assume the car left the road and change lanes as normal. 30. Whenever you double your speed, your vehicle has about ____ times the destructive power if it crashes. A. two B. three C. four
31. You are starting you vehicle in motion from a stop. As you apply power to the drive wheels, they start to spin. You should: A. take your foot off the accelerator. B. take your foot off the accelerator and apply the brakes. C. try a lower gear. 32. Placards must be: A. displayed on all vehicles hauling any amount of hazardous materials. B. placed only on the front and rear of a vehicle. C. placed on all four sides of a vehicle. 33. You are driving a new truck with a manual transmission. What gear will you probably have to use to take a long, steep downhill grade? A. The same gear you would use to climb the hill. B. A higher gear tan you would use to climb the hill. C. A lower gear than you would use to climb the hill. 34. A car suddenly cuts in front of you, creating a hazard. Which of these actions should you NOT take? A. Honk and stay close behind the car. B. Slow down to prevent a crash. C. Signal and change lanes to avoid it, if possible. 35. What should you do if you are unsure whether you have enough overhead clearance? A. Slow down slightly and try to drive under the object. B. Find another route that will not require driving under the object. C. Estimate the height of an overhead object if it is not posted. 36. You are driving a heavy vehicle. You must exit a highway using an offramp that curves downhill. You should: A. slow down to a safe speed before the curve. B. slow to the posted speed limit for the offramp. C. wait until you are in the curve before downshifting. 37. You are driving a vehicle at 55mph on dry pavement. About how much total stopping distance will you need to bring it to a stop? A. Twice the length of the vehicle. B. Half the length of a football field. C. The length of a football field. 38. Which of these is NOT part of the pre-trip inspection of the engine compartment? A. Engine oil level. B. Valve clearance. C. Worn electrical wiring insulation. 39. Truck escape ramps: A. help avoid damage to vehicles. B. cannot be used by certain types of heavy vehicles. C. are not for buses. 40. On which fires can you use water? A. Electrical. B. Gasoline. C. Tires.
41. What is the term for a commercial vehicle’s habit of swinging wide on turns? A. Offtracking B. Wide-rounding C. Sidewinding 42. Backing a commercial vehicle is: A. not dangerous if you have a helper. B. not dangerous if you do not have to turn. C. always dangerous. 43. Convex (curved) mirrors: A. make objects appear larger than they really are. B. make objects appear closer than they really are. C. show a wider are than flat mirrors show. 44. Your brakes can get wet when you drive through a heavy rain. What can this cause when the brakes are applied? A. Hydroplaning. B. Excessive brake wear. C. Trailer jackknife. 45. If you are being tailgated, you should: A. flash your brake lights. B. signal the tailgater when it is safe to pass you. C. increase your following distance. 46. When driving in cold weather, your tire tread should: A. be checked every 100 miles or every two hours. B. be double the depth required in normal weather. C. provide enough traction to steer and push the vehicle through snow. 47. Which of these statements about staying alert to drive is true? A. A half-hour break for coffee will do more to keep you alert than a half-hour nap. B. If you must stop, pull over on the side of the road for a short nap. C. Sleep is the only thing that can overcome fatigue. 48. You are checking your brakes and suspension system for a pre-trip inspection. Which of these statements is true? A. Just one missing leaf spring is not dangerous. B. Spring hangers that are cracked but still tight are not dangerous. C. Brake shoes should not have oil, grease or brake fluid on them. 49. For a first offense of driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will lose your CDL for at least _______. A. 6 months. B. 2 years. C. 1 year. 50. A full stop is required at a railroad grade crossing when: A. the crossing is located in a city or town with frequent train traffic. B. there are no flagmen, warning signals or gates at the crossing. C. the nature of the cargo makes a stop mandatory under state or federal regulations.
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